midweek musings 8/27

midweek musings 8/27

Thomas Lefebvre

                                                                                                                       photo by: Thomas Lefebvre

Bears are pretty great, huh? Did you know that there are black bears with white fur?

Outdoor photography is easily my favorite genre of photography (you’re super surprised, right?) and this guy is one of my favorites. Kevin Russ is extremely talented and always on the move, but has a beautiful collection on the Pacific Northwest. (He can also be followed on Instagram here.)

Raise your hand if you’re ready for fall (I currently have both of my hands in the air). Now, what are some things you think of when you think fall? Beautiful orange and yellow leaves, sweaters, crisp breeze in the air, turkey handprint art, maybe the Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks… The Pumpkin Spice Latte seems to be one of those “you either love it or hate it” kind of fall staples. I personally love them, and whenever I feel the first 60 to even 70 degree day of fall (remember people I’m still in Southern Louisiana) I rush to a Starbucks for my Autumnal fix. Well, if you’ve ever wondered what went behind this, in my opinion, ingenious creation read this article.

This Labor day weekend Joshua and I have decided to brave the Alabama wilderness for a trip to the state’s highest point. At it’s highest point, Cheaha State Park has an elevation of approximately 2,407 feet with a pretty view of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. We’re pretty excited, so stay tuned for a write up on the trip. What are you doing with your Labor Day weekend? 

And now a funny joke: What do you call a wet bear? A drizzly bear. (You’re welcome.) 

midweek musings 8/7

midweek musings 8/7

 

photo by: Olivia Henry
photo by: Olivia Henry

Is it hot where you are? It is here, and I have had a childlike craving for popsicles! (I would also like to imagine that the above picture was taken on a cool breezy shore) Here are 10 homemade popsicle recipes to try. Comment below and let me know which one you picked.

Did you know our four-legged family members have a carbon footprint too? Obviously it’s not as heavy as ours can get, but here are some tips for reducing their carbon “paw prints” if you will (I know, I know, bad joke. Sorry, I couldn’t resist).

We have been dying to go on vacation for a while now. Whenever we finally have the time we’ll go to one of these gorgeous places. All 29 are in the U.S. too. Have you ever been to any?

So while you are visiting one of the above places you should make a couple picnic sandwiches to take for you and a loved one.

Finally, want to smile?

Keep having a great week!

midweek musings 7/30

midweek musings 7/30

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photo by Paul E Harrer

I have always wanted to try my hand at cheese making, so I can’t wait for this DIY cheese kit to come in.

Food Forward is a volunteer run organization that collects excess fresh produce from local residents and farmers markets and donates it to those in need. Based out of and operating mainly in California, if you can’t help out with your time you can always purchase something from their online shop. I know I’ve got my eye on the Fruitanthropy Grapefruit + Fig Candle.

How neat would this be to make?!

Do you have dandruff? I do 😦 Apparently if you crush 2 tablets and mix with your regular shampoo (because let’s face it, dandruff shampoo is just boring to buy and never smells fun) the salicylic acid helps with those pesky itchy flakes. I’m going to try it at some point this week. Give it a try and tell me how it worked!

The new little addition to our family, Lando, is growing so quickly we can barely keep up. He is still a kitten though, and naturally does the most adorable things all day, but lately his favorite thing to do is text. That’s right, text. Here is an example of a text he sent (yes, he can send them too) to my brother-in-law: juyfjyfhtcthxhtdh
(For updates on Lando and Stella cuteness, follow me on Instagram)

Finally, one of my favorite quotes: “If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” -Julia Child

Keep having a great week!

midweek musings 7/23

midweek musings 7/23

 

Michael Quinn
photo by: Michael Quinn

Naturally, I have a bucket list of parks which obviously includes Yosemite. Here are some gorgeous photos of the park shot by photographer Ravi Vora. Yosemite NP.

My lovely mutt Stella is very much not a fan of her kennel, but she’s never done this

I love etsy and the fact that it gives extremely talented artists and crafters a platform for selling their creations. I discovered these talented ladies the other day.

I found this ingenious Samoa Cheesecake Monday, and I have a feeling I’ll need to don my apron this weekend.

I’m also very much in love with these super comfy pineapple lounge shorts.

This week I learned that If there was no space between any of its atoms, Earth would be the size of a baseball.

Keep having a great week!